Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

by Rebecca Nov 11th, 2010 // Recipes, Sides

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

I do understand your reservations. Cooked cauliflower is often tasteless, soggy and bland. But I urge you to give this veggie just one more shot before you write it off forever.

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

When cooked properly, cauliflower is so sweet and nutty that I could eat an entire bowl for dinner. That’s exactly what I did tonight. My kid ate some too. (He thinks it’s white broccoli. Almost too easy!)

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

It makes for an excellent Thanksgiving side dish because it keeps its good looks and delicious flavor even as it cools down. You don’t have to worry about pulling it out of the oven right before you sit down to eat. I love a good veggie make-over story. Now for the recipe…

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower Recipe

Thanksgiving Planning: Make 1 day ahead and serve at room temp
or cook Thanksgiving day and serve warm.

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cooking Time: 30 to 35 mins

2 large heads cauliflower (cut into florets)
olive oil
kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place cauliflower in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Spread out on a baking sheet and cook for 30 to 35 minutes flipping them half way through to get them evenly browned and caramelized. Return to bowl and toss with salt and pepper to taste. Add pine nuts and serve immediately or at room temperature. Serves 6.

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

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48 Comments on “Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower”

  1. 1 buddysaves said at 6:19 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Those sound really good. I usually avoid buying cauliflower, but I have to give this a try!

  2. 2 Mariela said at 6:54 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Hmm I can just imagine the immense flavor it delivers by roasting it ,thanks for the great idea!

  3. 3 Vicki said at 7:46 am on November 11th, 2010:

    I LOVE Cauliflower! This is different but I may have to try it!!

  4. 4 Stacee said at 7:50 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Broccoli and brussels sprouts are also really great this way. You can even use frozen ones.

  5. 5 Smalls6464 said at 8:17 am on November 11th, 2010:

    That sounds really good, I think I will have to try it.

  6. 6 Dana said at 9:07 am on November 11th, 2010:

    I love cauliflower! My mom usually sticks with roasted brussel sprouts for Thanksgiving, but I may convince her to add this to her repertoire!

  7. 7 Julia said at 9:16 am on November 11th, 2010:

    My mom LOVES cauliflower… this would be a great (and easy) surprise treat to make for her on Thanksgiving!

  8. 8 janelle said at 9:55 am on November 11th, 2010:

    oh my oh my….this looks DELICIOUS!

  9. 9 Michelle said at 10:00 am on November 11th, 2010:

    I can not wait to try this recipe this weekend! It looks so yummy!!!

  10. 10 dclownfish03 said at 10:06 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Yum. My son tells me "cauliflower tastes like candy" and "it's my favorite veggie". Thanks for another way to use it!

  11. 11 deebo said at 10:10 am on November 11th, 2010:

    mmm, this DOES look really good. i dont think ive ever cooked cauliflower in my life..

  12. 12 Amy said at 10:12 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Yum, I'm going to try this tonight!

  13. 13 adamzurn said at 10:24 am on November 11th, 2010:

    I love roasted cauliflower. I'll have to try adding the toasted pine nuts.

  14. 14 stacie said at 10:33 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Cauliflower is an awesome veggie. Love it roasted and mashed up with potatoes!

  15. 15 Sylvia said at 10:46 am on November 11th, 2010:

    LOVE cauliflower!! We are going to try this one!!

  16. 16 Anna B. said at 10:46 am on November 11th, 2010:

    I am so trying this, like, tomorrow!

  17. 17 Jeannette said at 11:25 am on November 11th, 2010:

    I love the addition of pine nuts in this recipe. I've made cauliflower like this before, and added paprka to it for a nice spicy flavor. Yum! Do you think it would work to roast these on a cooling rack inside the baking sheet, so you don't have to toss them halfway through the cooking time? I've done that before when making french fries, and it's super easy.

  18. 18 Ashley said at 11:32 am on November 11th, 2010:

    I really like cauliflower, but I think you just gave me a way to get my husband to like it too. Thanks!

  19. 19 Kim - Liv Life said at 11:58 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Another wonderful recipe!! I just found your site and am thoroughly enjoying it! You've got quite a little helper!

  20. 20 yoko said at 12:19 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Love this and make it all the time! Also, have you tried this with the Orange and purple variety?

  21. 21 souzalito said at 12:51 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Sounds delish!

  22. 22 Wendy said at 12:57 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    This is my favorite way to eat cauliflower! In fact, I think I said the same thing in one of my posts, that I could eat a whole bowl full. Have you tried it with any other spices, like curry powder?

  23. 23 Susan said at 2:22 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Ahh…the secret is to make TWO heads of cauliflower–I also could eat a whole one by myself!

  24. 24 debbiejl said at 3:43 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    I love roasted cauliflower. Its also good with a little balsamic vinegar drizzled on top!

  25. 25 katyhaltertop said at 3:58 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Just recently discovered I like "white broccoli" too! Especially with some fresh parmesan on them.

  26. 26 Julie said at 4:57 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    I love this recipe – I can't wait to try it. Normally we use cauliflower in recipes with strong sauces, like Indian food, because it's too bland to eat steamed. I'll definitely give this a try (not sure about my kiddos, but I will try to get them to give it a chance!).

  27. 27 Macki said at 5:02 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    The picture is making my mouth water.

  28. 28 Miranda said at 5:13 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    I Always forget about cauliflower. I love it though. Thanks for the reminder

  29. 29 andy_b said at 5:26 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    This sounds easy and delicious! I'll have to give it a try this week. Thanks for sharing!

  30. 30 Esther said at 5:46 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Oh, I always want to love cauliflower and never do!! Thanks!

  31. 31 Ashlie said at 6:08 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    I love cauliflower, but I've never roasted it like this, it looks absolutely wonderful! I have a whole head in the fridge right now, I don't think I can wait until thanksgiving to try out this recipe – I'm making it tomorrow night!!!

  32. 32 JehanP said at 6:15 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Thank you for giving cauliflower some color because I hate the whiteness, I can see myself eating this.

  33. 33 Whitney M said at 6:42 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Glad you acknowledged that some do not like cauliflour. I am definitely in that category but am going to try this recipe nonetheless!

  34. 34 Nicole said at 6:49 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    i love cauliflower no matter how it's cooked (or not cooked). a great one to add to the recipe box!

  35. 35 Carrie said at 7:33 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    I make something similar but saute cauliflower in olive oil and a tad bit of butter. Then add some garlic cloves cut in half. Saute until cauliflower is browned and caramalized and then put in a greased dish, drizzle with a little more olive oil and pop in the oven for another 20 minutes or so. So yummy! I love the addition of pine nuts to it also! I actually just made it tonight! I wish I would have seen this post before so I could have tried with the pine nuts! Oh well, next time!!!

  36. 36 amanda said at 7:45 am on November 12th, 2010:

    love this! this is how i always make my 'white broccoli' but i usually like to throw on some fresh grated parm and a squeeze of lemon as soon as it comes out- yummy :)

  37. 37 Katrina said at 1:15 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    I don't usually like cauliflower but I might have to give this a try :)

  38. 38 Megan said at 7:03 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    It looks fantastic.

  39. 39 szkent said at 9:58 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    My picky 2 year old actually loves roasted cauliflower. I didn't even think about making it for Thanksgiving! Am going to add it to the menu now.

  40. 40 paulajakobs said at 7:02 pm on November 13th, 2010:

    Looks good. My mom makes breaded cauliflower that she sautees in a pan, that's delicious too.

  41. 41 AdrianeinNH said at 9:24 pm on November 13th, 2010:

    Yes please! I have a whole head in the fridge just waitIng for some inspiration. Thanks!

  42. 42 Becky said at 3:58 am on November 15th, 2010:

    I just discovered roasted cauliflower this past year, and I'm in love. Add some roasted brussel sprouts and I'm in heaven.

  43. 43 Anna B. said at 4:18 am on November 16th, 2010:

    Ok, so I just made this, & it's freaking amazing. Kidlet hasn't tried it yet, but it will be part of tomorrow's dinner (if it makes it that long- decidedly less than intended ended up in the container.)

  44. 44 Kathleen said at 5:11 pm on November 16th, 2010:

    I've been roasting my cauliflower for 15 minutes, but tonight I'm going to try and be patient and go for 30 instead, because this looks *gorgeous.* The pine nuts sound like a tasty addition, too.

  45. 45 Rebecca said at 5:30 am on November 17th, 2010:

    I was about the give up trying to get my little one to eat these, but now I still have some hope!! I think she might really go for these. Thanks!!

  46. 46 Amanda said at 1:58 am on November 20th, 2010:

    Made this tonight and my toddler and cleared half the pan ourselves before it made it to the table. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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